Lasalle Secondary grad explores young heartbreak in first EP

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Aching and angry hearts have some new songs to add to their playlists.

In her first professional EP, 23-year-old singer-songwriter Tiana Delaney is bringing all the complicated emotions of young heartbreak to life with five alternative-pop tunes.

“I hope that people listen to it and feel like they can relate to my music and that they enjoy it in a way that makes them to want to sing along,” Delaney said of her record, Crying at the Party, which was released in May.

Born in Timmins, Delaney spent her childhood growing up across Northern Ontario, from Moose Factory and Moosonee, to Thunder Bay and Sudbury.

“At the age of 11 ... she came home from school one day and announced to her mom that she wanted to sing at the local high school coffee house,” her bio reads. “From there, Tiana graduated from performing in front of the mirror in her room to performing on small stages locally.”

As a teenager, Delaney would post videos of her singer on YouTube and Instagram. At 14, she opened for Juno award-winner Susan Aglukark at a festival in Moose Factory, and in 2019, she worked as a music mentor with other Canadian artists — including Caroll Baker and Joanne Shenandoah— to bring song-writing workshops to students in schools.

In 2018, she graduated from Lasalle Secondary School and enrolled at Laurentian University to study history.

But with music calling to her, she decided to drop out to pursue her passions full-time.

“My process for writing is to write things down when they come to me and then I revisit them later and see what I like, take bits and pieces of what I’ve written here and there,” she said. “My aspirations as an artist are to be able to share my music with a wide audience and to open doors that allow me to continue making music. It’s my true passion and dream.”

It didn’t take long for someone to take notice.

In 2019, American singer-songwriter and producer, Tavarius Polk, the CEO of AWMG and Dun-deal Management, found her on Instagram and organized for her to come to North Carolina to record with his team.

The EP is the product of that experience.

“Tiana’s drive and passion is stronger than ever after having that studio experience and hearing her music come to life," said a release promoting her work. "Dreams are becoming reality and Tiana couldn’t be more excited.”

Crying at the Party is now available to stream on Apple Music, Spotify, and wherever you get your music. Delaney can also be found on YouTube, and on Instagram @tiana.delaney, and TikTok @tianadelaneyyy.

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Mia Jensen, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Sudbury Star

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